Foundation extends best wishes to Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and son of 2015 honoree Princess Alice


WASHINGTON, DC, February 17, 2021 – The Washington Oxi Day Foundation sends its best wishes to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who, at age 99, was hospitalized last night in London as a “precautionary measure.”

In 2015, Prince Philip welcomed long-time Foundation supporter and advisory board member Jim Chanos to Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh, who was unable to travel to Washington for the Foundation’s annual Oxi Courage Awards, was presented with the prestigious Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award.

Awarded posthumously to the Duke’s mother Princess Alice, the honor recognized her incredible courage during World War II. When the Nazis occupied Athens, the Princess did not hesitate to hide members of a Jewish family in her home.

Princess Alice used her deafness, diagnosed as a young child, to defy the Gestapo, who questioned her on multiple occasions. The Cohens remained in Princess Alice’s residence until liberation.
In January 1949, Princess Alice founded a nursing order of Greek Orthodox nuns – the Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary. She returned to England in 1967 and moved to Buckingham Palace to be close to her son and his family. She died in London in December 1969 at the age of 84.

In 1993, Yad Vashem bestowed the title of Righteous Among the Nations on Princess Alice. Of the honor, Prince Philip said, “I suspect that it never occurred to her that her action was in any way special. She was a person with deep religious faith and she would have considered it to be a totally human action to fellow human beings in distress.
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